Markets in Bilston, Wednesfield and Wolverhampton City Centre are set to welcome back non essential traders from Monday (12 April).
It is part of the next step of the Government’s plans to ease the national lockdown.
Covid secure measures will be in place for visitors to the markets, including social distancing to ensure the safety of staff, traders and members of the public.
Other safety measures include, a separate entrance and exit, a guided one-way system, maximum capacity and extra security. Visitors will also be asked to wear face coverings while shopping.
Wednesfield Market will fully reopen from Monday while Bilston and the City Centre market will see a phased return of non essential traders.
From Monday, the following products and services will be available at Bilston and City Centre markets:
- food including meat, poultry, fish, cheese, cooked meats, frozen foods, bakery, fruit and veg
- household goods, including electrical, DIY, hardware and cleaning products
- pet supplies
- takeaway food
- mobile phone and key cutting/shoe repair
All other traders will return to Bilston and City Centre markets from Monday 26 April.
Ross Cook, City of Wolverhampton Council Director for City Environment, said: “It’s good news that we can safely start operating markets with non-essential traders again in Wolverhampton. We know they have been missed and hope that everyone will follow the measures that have been put in place for them to be fully open.
“We have been working closely with traders to ensure they have the correct measures in place to operate safely.”
Bilston outdoor market opening times are Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (8.30am - 4pm). Wolverhampton Market opening times are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (7.30am to 4pm). Wednesfield Market opening times are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (8am – 3.30pm).
Residents are urged to continue to follow the social distancing measures and to shop only when necessary. When out in public, people must stay 2 metres – or 6 feet – away from other people at all times, unless they are from the same household, and a face covering must be worn.
The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at GOV.UK and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at Coronavirus advice and information. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and their families from coronavirus from the NHS.
The council’s Stay Safe, Be Kind campaign offers clear and simple advice about how people can help themselves, and how they can support others who may be particularly vulnerable at this time. For more information, please visit Stay Safe, Be Kind.